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In book 10 of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the poet Orpheus appears and begins to sing a series of myths. This project explores the relationship that Ovid establishes between this poet’s own life and the songs he sings. I argue that Orpheus’ sequence of stories effects a process of self-reflection which, when analyzed from beginning to end, communicates a marked progression of the poet’s attitudes. Within a universe defined by mutability, Orpheus becomes a paradigm for internal change, for self-motivated transformation.
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Ditmars, Ivan Rothier, "Orpheus' Poesis: Internal Narration in Book 10 of Ovid's Metamorphoses" (2017). Senior Projects Spring 2017. 284.
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